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The Life of Abraham Lincoln

by Henry Ketcham

Despite the fact that Abraham Lincoln is widely regarded as one of the most historically significant figures in American politics, many details about his personal life remain shrouded in mystery. In this probing...


The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

by Benjamin Franklin

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, which Franklin himself called his Memoirs, is the unfinished record of his life written between 1771 and 1790. It has become one of the most well-known and influential...


The Twelve Caesars

by Suetonius

De vita Caesarum, known as The Twelve Caesars, is a set of twelve biographies, each about one of the Roman emperors, including one on Julius Caesar. It was written by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, commonly referred...


The Story of My Life

by Helen Keller

Helen Keller's autobiography, The Story of My Life, tells of her early life and of her experiences with Annie Sullivan, her teacher and companion. It was first published in 1903. Keller was the first deaf-blind...


Autobiography of a Yogi

by Paramahansa Yogananda

The autobiography of Paramahansa Yogananda (1893 - 1952) details his search for a guru, during which he encountered many spiritual leaders and world-renowned scientists. When it was published in 1946 it was...


Sailing Alone Around the World

by Joshua Slocum

As the first person to ever complete a single-handed circumnavigation of the globe, Joshua Slocum recounts his pioneering feat in Sailing Alone Around the World (1899), an engaging memoir of his adventures aboard...


My Life and Work

by Henry Ford

One world's richest and best-known people in his day, Henry Ford was the founder of Ford Motor Company and a pioneering innovator of mass production. Ford's autobiography, My Life and Work, gives personal insight...


Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea

by Richard Henry Dana

After a bout with the measles that left his vision impaired, Harvard undergrad Richard Henry Dana signed up for a two-year engagement as a sailor, thinking that the fresh sea air might improve his vision. The...


Beethoven, as Revealed in His Own Words: The Man and the Artist

by Ludwig van Beethoven

Widely regarded as one of the most singular geniuses to have worked in the Western classical tradition, Ludwig van Beethoven was as unique as his once-in-a-generation musical talent. This series of quotes and...


The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave

by Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass was an ex-slave and a great orator in early 19th-century USA. His autobiography details his experiences as a slave and is considered the most famous such work, though many similar were written...


A Night in the Snow: A Struggle for Life

by Reverend Edmund Donald Carr

In 1856 the Reverend Edmund Donald Carr was overtaken by a blizzard on his way to an evening service. He battled the elements for 22 hours with nothing by his bible and his dead horse, whose body sheltered him...


My Bondage and My Freedom

by Frederick Douglass

The second in the series of three autobiographies penned by Frederick Douglass, My Bondage and My Freedom picks up where Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass left off. This volume recounts more gripping...


Chopin: The Man and His Music

by James Huneker

Frederic Chopin (1810 - 1849) was one of the most influential musicians of the 19th Century. Discovered as a child-prodigy pianist in his native Poland, he later travelled to France, where he remained after...


The History of Napoleon Buonaparte

by John Gibson Lockhart

A fearsome foe on the battlefield, a lovestruck romancer at night -- Napoleon Bonaparte is one of the most fascinating and polarizing figures in history. This detailed biography by John Gibson Lockhart captures...


Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie

by Andrew Carnegie

The industrialist, businessman, and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (1835 - 1919) established a gospel of wealth that can be neither ignored nor forgotten, and set a pace in distribution that succeeding millionaires...


From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan

by H. P. Blavatsky & M. R. J.

In addition to founding the Theosophical Society and playing an influential role in the New Thought movement, the controversial and idiosyncratic figure Madame Blavatsky was a tireless world traveler. In this...


In the South Seas

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Get set for a swashbuckling series of adventures. In this volume, Robert Louis Stevenson -- famed author of such classics as Treasure Island and Kidnapped -- presents a series of articles and essays recounting...


Memoirs of the Court of Marie Antoinette: Queen of France

by Jeanne Louise Henriette Campan

Memoirs of the Court of Marie Antoinette is an inside look into the life of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, written by her First Lady in Waiting Madame Campan. Born in 1755 and married to Louis XVI of France...


The Americanization of Edward BOK

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1921

by Edward William Bok

The Americanization of Edward Bok is an autobiography, told in the third person, that shares the life of a little Dutch boy unceremoniously set down in America unable to make himself understood or even to know...


Edison: His Life and Inventions

by Frank Lewis Dyer

Gain new insight into the life of quintessential American inventor Thomas Alva Edison with this comprehensive biography. Delving deeply into the personal and professional life of "The Wizard of Menlo Park,"...